The Bianconeri will have every reason to rue an opportunity missed after seeing their rousing second-half comeback dented by Umut Bulut’s late equaliser in last night’s 2-2 Champions League draw with Galatasaray.
A cautious display in the opening 45 minutes at Juventus Stadium was followed by a much more positive outlook after the break, with Antonio Conte’s men streaming forward at every opportunity in their bid to overturn Didier Drogba’s opener.
But whilst the overall haul of 23 shots on goal shows there can be no faulting the hosts’ determination to go for the three points, Conte will no doubt be looking to work his side’s killer instinct in the final third, as just five of these called Galatasaray shotstopper Fernando Muslera into action.
Set up to sit deep and play on the break, Roberto Mancini’s new charges aimed to frustrate Juventus and knock them off their stride, reducing the effectiveness of Andrea Pirlo and Leonardo Bonucci by deploying man-markers to track their every move.
In spite of this, the hosts still commanded the lion’s share of possession (53%) and completed 221 passes in the final third, a stat bettered only by three other teams in this season’s Champions League so far.
Individually speaking, Arturo Vidal’s expertly-taken penalty represented the midfielder’s fourth Champions League goal, while Fabio Quagliarella’s late header maintained the striker’s imperious form in Europe’s top club competition, his sixth in nine games.
Whilst an element of disappointment will inevitably remain at the final outcome on a night of high drama in Turin, the draw stretches Juventus’ unbeaten run in the Champions League group stages to 14 games.